The Switzerland County boys varsity basketball team jumped out to an early lead last Wednesday night at Rising Sun, then cruised to a 72-33 victory that keeps the Pacers as the only undefeated team in the ORVC.
Switzerland County opened the game with some long range shooting, as the Shiners packed their zone defense inside.
After Nick Sporleder opened the game with a basket, Switzerland County opened its run, getting three straight three-pointers from Riley Phagan, Chase Ritch, and Austin Clark.
Rising Sun’s Kurtis Armstrong stopped that run with a three-pointer of his own; but the Pacers closed the quarter with three straight baskets from Austin Clark, and the first quarter ended with Switzerland County on top by a score of 15-5.
The margin widened as the second stanza got underway, with Austin Clark converting a three-point play, but the Shiners then got two straight baskets from Austin Armstrong and Kurtis Armstrong, closing the deficit to nine.
Switzerland County then closed the half with a basket by Austin Clark; a three-pointer from Chase Ritch; and another three-pointer by Austin Clark to make the score 26-9.
The half was dominated by Austin Clark, who had 17 points over the first two quarters.
The second half opened with Nick Sporleder scoring for Rising Sun; but again that was followed by a Pacer offensive run.
Chase Ritch, T.J. White, and Austin Clark all had baskets, and after Jack McClellan scored for the Shiners, another Austin Clark bucket kept the lead at 21.
Rising Sun got a basket by Brady Murray, and after Austin Clark made a pair of freethrows, a three-pointer by Brady Murray made the score 36-18 in favor of the Pacers with 2:41 to go.
It was time for another Switzerland County run.
The Pacers got a three-pointer from Tyler Gabbard; a steal and a layup from Nate Hunter; a steal and a layup from Ben Curran; and a dunk from T.J. White to reel off nine straight points and expand the lead up to 27.
Rising Sun got a basket from Austin Armstrong, but that was matched by two freethrows from Chase Ritch, and the third quarter ended with the Pacers ahead by a score of 48-20.
Rising Sun kept playing hard, opening the final quarter with a run of seven straight points. Austin Armstrong converted two freethrows; Kurtis Armstrong made a three-pointer; and Brady Murray hit a field goal.
Austin Clark then scored inside to snap that run; but Nick Sporleder scored to get the Shiners within 20.
Again it was time for another Switzerland County run.
Riley Phagan drilled a three-pointer; and T.J. White followed that with a thunderous dunk.
Rising Sun’s coach Chris Jones then was assessed a technical foul; and Chase Ritch made one of the following freethrows. T.J. White then followed that with another dunk, his third of the contest; and followed that with a layup. Two freethrows by Austin Clark ballooned the lead to 61-29.
Rising Sun’s Brady Murray then got whistled for a technical foul; and Austin Clark made one of those freethrows. Nate Hunter followed that with two straight freethrows, and the lead reached 37 points.
Mitchell Morris made a freethrow for the Shiners and Chase Ritch scored again for the Pacers.
Shiner Tristan Brown made a three-pointer; and the game closed with another basket by Nate Hunter and a bucket from Hunter Hayes, and the final horn sounded with Switzerland County in front, 72-33.
Austin Clark had a monster game offensively, finishing with 28 points; and Chase Ritch accounted for 13 points. T.J. White made it three Pacers in double figures, as he finished with 10.
Nate Hunter added eight points; Riley Phagan had a pair of three pointers for six points; Tyler Gabbard had three points; while both Ben Curran and Hunter Hayes each contributed two points.
Rising Sun was led by Kurtis Armstrong with eight points; Brady Murray had seven; and Nick Sporleder and Austin Armstrong had six each.
In the junior varsity game, Switzerland County won by a score of 40-21.
Caleb Furnish led the way with 15 points, including four three pointers.
Kollin Hayes had seven points; Hunter Hayes and Justin Green each had six points each; Zach Whitaker added three points; James Crabtree contributed two points; and Logan Parton chipped in one point.